Nov 21, 2017
The question this week is … how
are you going to respond when adversity strikes? What about what it
strikes again after that? And again after that?
How many times are you willing to get back up?
I would have been 20 years old when today’s guest, Jerod Ward, was named the Naismith Player of the Year award in 1994. That means Jerod was ranked as the #1 high school basketball player in all of the United States.
That’s a big deal. And a lot of pressure.
I remember it. I followed US College Basketball pretty closely at that time, and I well remember when Jerod chose to attend the University of Michigan, a basketball power in that era. Jerod seemed destined, not just for college basketball stardom, but for a long NBA career as well.
It didn’t quite work out that way.
Injuries derailed Jerod, time
and time again. After multiple knee surgeries Jerod described
himself as not only physically but also mentally broken down. He
gives a vivid account of those days in our
Amazingly, he somehow persevered, and went on to play professionally for 14 years at the highest levels worldwide
Through it all, the adversities
have taught Jerod to never give up. He now has gone on to motivate
and educate people with his keystone philosophy of NBA: “Never Be
When Jerod talks about eating adversity, he means “EAT” as an acronym for Embrace, Act and Thrive.
In addition to his speaking, Jerod still stays close to the game he loves. He is a college basketball analyst with networks including ESPN.
Some of the key takeaways from this chat with Jerod include:
This really is a remarkable
story, and Jerod does such an incredible job to share it so openly
and transparently. I know you’re going to enjoy
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